The goal of this site it to continue to raise contributions toward the legal defense of the proper use of our sidewalk which connects Karriker Court and Norwalk Lane. As a resource, here is a quick timeline of events and matters that are relevant to this issue:
Timeline: 1999 John Wieland began development of BridgeHampton and filed protective covenants which laid out the basic plan of the subdivision, including the right to travel on sidewalks and common ways and to add additional property connected to the 1999 parcel.
February 2004: Wieland adds Karriker Court as phase 8 of the development. Because Karriker Court fronts on Harrisburg Rd and has no road connection with the rest of the subdivision, Wieland creates an ingress/egress easement along the eastern 7.5 feet of lot 659, now owned by the Hornings. The sidewalk was installed by Wieland. This is the only connection between the old sections of BridgeHampton and Karriker Court by land without having to drive down Harrisburg road and come in the subdivision entrance. The ingress egress easement allows Karriker residents to access the subdivision by bike or walking and allows the other residents of the subdivision a way out of the subdivision by walking path to Karriker Court and points behind Karriker.
2011: Jendlys sell to Hornings. Hornings have no problem with the sidewalk or easement until school is built.
2013: Hornings begin to object because of school traffic walking on sidewalk.
2014: The Hornings install a gate and warning signs prohibiting anyone but Karriker residents from using the sidewalk or easement and prohibiting the use of the sidewalk citing "No School Access"
2015: Hornings take gate down in July but when school starts in August they begin a campaign of harassing, intimidating and bullying people on the sidewalk, even school children. In at least one incident children have arrived at school in tears, crying from the harassment experienced from the Hornings.
A group in the neighborhood has hired Philip Wright, a trial attorney from Lancaster County. Phil has practiced in Lancaster county since 1977 and is fighting to protect the rights of the plaintiffs, and the subdivision as a whole, in order to keep the easement open and free from any obstruction and harassment by the Hornings.
The cost of this legal battle is substantial. The Hornings, themselves, have professed to spending over $15,000 to keep people off the easement. The only way to protect our rights to use the sidewalk is to fight the Hornings in court. We need all the help we can get financially to fund this effort to protect our rights to walk freely in the sidewalk that has been there for over ten years. It is a vital connection in our community and something that affects every homeowner in BridgeHampton.